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I never watched anime before. I'm learning Japanese with a paid tutor right now and I'm slowly getting into it. FYI: I'm not using anime to learn Japanese, just for entertainment, I'm sticking with my tutor for that. Anyway, I just got blasted in the face with 900+ episode anime everywhere. I watched Elfen Lied and LOVED it. Is there anime on here like that? Maybe not with sexual content, just more gritty and mature themed.

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Elfen Lied was your first anime? Holy shit...

As for similar shows on crunchyroll,

if you want the moral-boundary exploration and social commentary part, Shinseaki Yori http://www.crunchyroll.com/shin-sekai-yori-from-the-new-world/videos

If you just want the mindless bloodshed part, Akame ga Kill http://www.crunchyroll.com/akame-ga-kill

If you want cool action with similar themes about "mutants" Parasyte http://www.crunchyroll.com/parasyte-the-maxim-

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Gr0tick wrote:

I never watched anime before. I'm learning Japanese with a paid tutor right now and I'm slowly getting into it. FYI: I'm not using anime to learn Japanese, just for entertainment, I'm sticking with my tutor for that. Anyway, I just got blasted in the face with 900+ episode anime everywhere. I watched Elfen Lied and LOVED it. Is there anime on here like that? Maybe not with sexual content, just more gritty and mature themed.

Thanks!

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Most of the "mature, gritty" anime series I like are not on CR. But you should probably try Attack on Titan. I wouldn't say it's mature, exactly although there are war themes but gritty definitely. And I think it's the kind of show you can figure out whether you like or not very quickly.

Edit: OP, I assume you meant CR only because you said "on here". Are you open to anime available elsewhere?
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Elfen Lied is not on CR, so I'm going to guess you have another source for your anime and recommend Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
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Starting anime with Elfen Lied.... you champion you.
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Brynhildr in the Darkness is based upon manga by the same guy who did Elfen Lied and it's right here on Crunchyroll.
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So what I would start doing is looking into seinen(mature) anime based on your preference. Not many come to mind on Crunchyroll. Btooom! is probably one of the few really in the genre on here, Parasyte as one of the more recent titles. There are a lot of good ones like that that are still manga and haven't been made into anime-or have been partially made-unfortunately. If you go into manga anytime in the future, I would recommend reading the Elfen Lied one-my person favorite-and maybe looking at one like Gantz or Berserk. If you like Okamoto's-Mangaka of Elfen Lied-work, I'd check out Brynhildr in the Darkness-although the anime strays from the source material near the end-it is pretty good. Also much respect for starting with Elfen Lied, I really liked it as well, and I would recommend reading the manga if you liked the anime, since about half the story wasn't animated.
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Deadman Wonderland (on Hulu) should be pretty close.

There's also /btooom but I haven't seen it so that rec is just by hearsay.

And /fate-zero although it's pretty dialogue-heavy to start with. But it also looks pretty darn amazing. Studio Ufotable's work with the Type-Moon franchises (the Kara no Kyoukai films, Fate/Zero, and the new Fate/Stay Night that's also here on CR) are basically world-class in terms of animation.



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Psycho-Pass is on Hulu as well. And C: Control if you want your emotional trauma to be a bit more on the super creative fantasy side as opposed to gritty cyberpunk. I also like Black Rock Shooter but it hasn't been licensed anywhere. And Dream Eater Merry is also on Hulu, which is an otherwise lighter shounen crossed with surreal darker undercurrents.
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Starting anime with Elfen Lied.... you champion you.


It does start to sound like that generation that started with Ninja Scroll VHS's at Blockbuster, and went on groups saying "Where can I get more cool stuff like this? And not that girly Sailor Moon crap, either?" (Only this generation has "And not that endless Naruto/One Piece/Fairy Tail crap, either!", since that's the one that gets all the mainstream identification.)
Oh, we had.........so many of those.

Frankly, I didn't think Elfen Lied was such a #1 shock-the-teacher forbidden-fruit anymore, that's going way back--What, is he watching it on HuluPlus?
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Gr0tick wrote:

I watched Elfen Lied and LOVED it.


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I like Elfen Lied.

Although there are things to not like about it.

Also that reminds me: Gunslinger Girl.
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Insomnist wrote:

Deadman Wonderland (on Hulu) should be pretty close.

There's also /btooom but I haven't seen it so that rec is just by hearsay.

And /fate-zero although it's pretty dialogue-heavy to start with. But it also looks pretty darn amazing. Studio Ufotable's work with the Type-Moon franchises (the Kara no Kyoukai films, Fate/Zero, and the new Fate/Stay Night that's also here on CR) are basically world-class in terms of animation.



Can't find a larger version of this gif... bugs me.

Psycho-Pass is on Hulu as well. And C: Control if you want your emotional trauma to be a bit more on the super creative fantasy side as opposed to gritty cyberpunk. I also like Black Rock Shooter but it hasn't been licensed anywhere. And Dream Eater Merry is also on Hulu, which is an otherwise lighter shounen crossed with surreal darker undercurrents.


I don't recommend Deadman Wonderland since it doesn't even come close to having any type of ending. Deadman Wonderland as a second anime to watch would be extremely disappointing.
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I don't recommend Deadman Wonderland since it doesn't even come close to having any type of ending. Deadman Wonderland as a second anime to watch would be extremely disappointing.

Fair point. Btooom! would probably have the same issue from what I've heard.
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I like CR due to it being mainstreamed like a Netflix or Hulu machine. Elfen Lied I just watched on some janky website that I made sure my internet security was on max performance for. I like the sense of community here and the ability to watch on multiple devices.

I don't know though, the little I've watched anime I've always just remember them being really drawn out and droll. I watched a little bit of Death Note afterwards but some of it just seems so over-played and over-explained that it leaves the viewer little to infer to. I just read all of H.P. Lovecraft's work and that's a genre I'm really interested. Cthulhu done properly gets very deep and emotional. I was thinking there may be anime in that style.

Thanks for all the replies!
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Gr0tick wrote:

I like CR due to it being mainstreamed like a Netflix or Hulu machine. Elfen Lied I just watched on some janky website that I made sure my internet security was on max performance for. I like the sense of community here and the ability to watch on multiple devices.


Elfen Lied is available legally on both TAN and Hulu.
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